The new Menai Science Park is the first dedicated science park in Wales, UK. The project is known as M-Sparc and it is wholly owned by Bangor University, which was rated amongst the top 10 universities for student satisfaction by the National Student Survey (NSS 2018).

Educational excellence has been carried through to the construction of M-Sparc. The building is designed to encourage collaboration and innovation, which is reflected in its interior design. The state-of-the-art building comprises offices, laboratories and meeting rooms.

The concept of the building, which was designed by Faulkner Browns Architects, comprises a continuous white ‘Ribbon’, which wraps around the entire Open Innovation Space, and so a seamless, robust floor finish to match the pure white of the external Corian cladding was required. The project team consulted Flowcrete to help create an iconic and modern flooring solution for the space. Two different materials were used to provide the right design contrast to let the floor pop.

Flowcrete’s Peran Comfort in Light Grey and Signal White were specified for the foyer areas, stairs and landing areas of the Open Innovation Space. The light colours help reflect the light in the pathways, creating a spacious and bright atmosphere, while the noise reduction properties of the flooring system ensure that building occupants aren’t disrupted by heavy footfall.

The company’s Rustik Natural Stone was installed in the entranceway, providing a touch of glamour thanks to its crisp white colour. It also adds a natural texture to the space, which contributes to the modern style of the building. The product’s natural stone aesthetic also provides visual continuity with the paving in the external landscape, further emphasising how the design of the exterior is mirrored within the interior.

The applicators installed a self-levelling screed by hand before preparing the substrate. Stainless steel rims were used to incorporate designs into the surface before the flooring systems were applied using trowels, rollers and squeegees. A final sealer coat then concluded the installation process.

The application process was completed within its two-week schedule, much to the appreciation of the clients who had planned a grand opening ceremony attended by the First Minister for Wales as well as local businesses and dignitaries.

For more information, contact Flowcrete on Tel: +27 (31) 701 0017 or via www.flowcretesa.co.za.

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